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CSPAN
Jan 23, 2013 5:00pm EST
deserve. senator durbin. >> thank you, mr. leader. america is suffering from confrontation fatigue. they've had enough of it. they want us to solve the problems and challenges facing our nation. they certainly don't want to see america default on its debt for the first time in its history. they don't want to see the interest rate go up on the debt we have to pay. as sharon murray can tell you, for every 1% are interest rate goes up because of confrontations and doomsday scenarios, because the american tax years $1 trillion over 10 years, $1 trillion. for this confrontation fatigue across america has led to some dramatic rethinking in the house of representatives. today the vote in the house of representatives such an important precedent moving forward. the bedrock safety net programs will not be held hostage in a dangerous threats to default on our debt. house republicans will soon vote in favor of something they promised they would never accept, a debt ceiling increase that is not coupled with deep, painful, unfair cuts to social security, medicare and medicaid. that's exactly how
CSPAN
Jan 22, 2013 12:00pm EST
from illinois. mr. durbin: i ask unanimous consent the period of morning business be extended until 4:00 p.m. today, that all provisions of the previous order remain in effect. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection. mr. durbin: i suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: a senator: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from kansas. mr. roberts: i ask the quorum call be lifted. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. roberts: let me take a moment to welcome to you the united states senate and i look forward to working with you. welcome to the united states senate. over the christmas holidays much of our nation was foikdz on what congress would do to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. what was large-missing from that conversation was how to address the much greater and more damaging problem, our growing national debt. i'm not exactly sure what the definition of fiscal cliff was. i think it is different meanings to different people. we dealt with a portion of the fiscal cliff. a slight de
CSPAN
Jan 25, 2013 5:00pm EST
durbin knows all too well there are only ten on the entire continent of darfur cut and would be great to work with you. we've also worked together before on the issue of poaching and the tragedy of wild life being held all across the continent that then helps finance the networks there is an area that we need to stand up and challenge china on being the largest market to a lot of wretchedness illegal product is going to be on the trip that i just to put senator mccain, senator whitehouse and the others, we visited a syrian refugee camp and heard very sharp feedback on their perception that the humanitarian aid we've provided so far and the more than $200 million of humanitarian aid that we have provided hasn't reached the people on the ground to go through damascus and the red crescent, but not the syrian opposition council. what would you do as the secretary to ensure that we are more effectively and visibly engaged in supporting the opposition that we've now recognized cracks >> and supporting the opposition in -- >> syria. >> there's a discussion going on right now about other kind
CSPAN
Jan 28, 2013 12:00pm EST
have elapsed. mr. durbin: i will not object but i ask consent to amend the consent that i follow the senator from louisiana in speaking. the presiding officer: without objection, both are so ordered. mr. vitter: thank you, mr. president. and through the chair, i want to thank mr. durbin for his courtesy in light of another engagement i have. mr. president, i also rise to join my colleague from alabama, to join many others, to express real concern on this topic of illegal immigration and the ne need, the desperate need, to fix this problem, to solve this problem. mr. president, i believe we all want to cherish and hold up and continue the proud tradition of this country which is founded on immigration. mr. president, one of the many things that makes america unique is that we are a nation of all of us immigrants. none of us somehow have some blood oath or blood tie to this land that goes back from time immemorial. we all came here relatively recently, in the grand scheme of things, from other lands, all of our families. we are a nation of immigrants and immigration, and we chair risch
CSPAN
Jan 28, 2013 5:00pm EST
. >> the five of us here today and eight of us in total including senators mccain durbin graham menendez rubio flake and bennett have come together on a set of bipartisan principles for comprehensive immigration reform legislation that we hope can pass the senate in overwhelming and bipartisan fashion. we still have a long way to go. but this bipartisan group -- sorry. we still have a long way to go but this bipartisan blueprint is a major breakthrough. it's our hope that these principles can be turned into legislation by march and have a market by chairman leahy's committee with the goal of passage out of the senate by late spring or summer. senator durbin and i spoke to the president yesterday to update him on this group's progress and he couldn't be more pleased. he strongly supports this effort. the key to our compromise is to recognize that americans overwhelmingly oppose illegal immigration and support legal immigration. to this and our framework contains for basic pillars. first, we created tough but fair path to citizenship for illegal immigrants currently living in the
CSPAN
Jan 29, 2013 12:00pm EST
future but now. and the dream act that senator durbin has fought so hard and valiantly over so many years to achieve deserves passage now. and i will continue to come to the floor with photographs of the dreamers, as i have done week a of week here, to make sure that their fate and future is on our minds. today i also want to speak about another provision of that blueprint -- perhaps not literally of the blueprint itself but part of a related piece of legislation also involved in immigration issues, the immigration innovation act of 2013, known as the i-squared bill. i am proud to be a cosponsor of it, and i know firsthand from talking to employers in the state of connecticut, all around not only our state but the country, how significant this measure can be to attracting and retaining people with the skills america needs to remain the greatest nation in the history of the world. i want to thank senators klobuchar, hatch, coons, and rubio for their leadership on this issue. the i-scared bil i-squared billt america's innovative companies are able to access those high-skilled workers who wo
CSPAN
Jan 29, 2013 5:00pm EST
durbin is here. one of the things they work on us to have a place to bring these people so they can be tried. i know that's one of the things we've been working on. [inaudible] -- he didn't have the votes. when he moved them to the thomson prison site in illinois, it didn't work. there was a supporter. the president saw that. i think he measured it properly and 72 move on. one thing i would add is i hope it is reported we have successfully prosecuted terrorists in our article iii courts over and over again and we should continue to do that. the president should have the option of a military tribunal. [inaudible] >> it's no one's fault, but where we are now, the president can't do things unilaterally. dealing with congress but it legislatively impossible to do what he wanted to do. [inaudible] >> i've given presentations on immigration at least 150 times, dozens and dozens of times and every time i give a presentation, i talk about what we need to have in immigration reform and how we started by saying making sure our borders, plural, are secure. southern and northern borders. >> --
CSPAN
Jan 23, 2013 12:00pm EST
graduated from college in 1954. that was the year i was born. that was the year dick durbin was 32. at a time when the american intelligence community was best described as an old boys' club, she was hired as a -- at the c.i.a. as a gs-4 typist. coming out of college in 1954 hired as a typist. over her career that stretched nearly half century, jean blazed a trail in the national clandestine service, she methodically worked her way up to leadership positions. openings in ethiopia, finland and the hague. she became an expert in soviet intelligence and spy craft and retired as a member of the senior intelligence service in 1992. but even after her retirement, she continued her work for the agency as a contractor, making still more valuable contributions and working without a day's break in service until she became ill just last summer. as her obituary reads -- quote -- "she remained a quiet agency soldier, purposely nondebt ceiling script and -- none descript and selflessly dedicated. she lived alone and walked to work. if she was a gray figure at the agency, ms. vertifay was an effect
CSPAN
Jan 22, 2013 5:00pm EST
call: mr. durbin: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from illinois. mr. durbin: i ask unanimous consent the quorum call be suspended. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. durbin: sciewns the senate proceed to a period of morning business with senators permit permit -- permitted permitted. i ask unanimous consent that the proceedings of the inaugural ceremony be printed in the record. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. durbin: i understand there are two bills at the desk. i ask for their first reading en bloc. the presiding officer: the clerk will read the titles of the bills en bloc. the clerk: s. 47, a bill to reauthorize the violence against women act of 1994. h.r. 152, an act making supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending september 30, 2013, to improve and streamline disaster assistance for hurricane sandy and for other purposes. mr. durbin: i ask for a second reading en bloc and i object to my own request en bloc. the presiding officer: o'is heard. the bills will be read for the second time on the next legi
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